Assistant/Associate Professor of Economics

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Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Coll of Bus & Public Policy
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) seeks to fill a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in economics to conduct research on regional economics, state fiscal policy and public finance, and other topics of relevance to the Alaska economy.


10Lead and/or collaborate in developing new grant proposals for extramural funding.Essential
20Disseminate research findings to both academic and non-academic audiences.Essential
20Provide service to the University, community, and profession.Essential
20Teaching. Requires teaching in Economics or Public Policy. May include mentoring or academic advising of students involved in research projects.Essential
30Contribute to ongoing research studies, with a primary focus on the Alaska state economy and fiscal policy.Essential

Assistant or Associate Professor of Economics

University of Alaska Anchorage

Institute of Social and Economic Research


The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) seeks to fill a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in economics to conduct research on regional economics, state fiscal policy and public finance, and other topics of relevance to the Alaska economy.


ISER is the social science and public policy research institute for the University of Alaska system, with a 60-year history of high-quality research and public service. ISER researchers are multidisciplinary faculty and research professionals who collaborate with communities and agencies across the state and other arctic areas to promote data-informed decision making. Federal, state, local, and tribal public officials, leaders of private businesses and non-governmental organizations, and the media regularly call upon ISER researchers for insight into legislative and regulatory issues impacting the people and economy of Alaska.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a highly visible research program, including the acquisition of external funding, with a focus on regional economics and applied policy issues of relevance to the Alaskan economy. The successful candidate is expected to disseminate their research through peer-reviewed journals and ISER’s research publications, and communicate the policy implications of their research to government officials, industry and non-profit sector representatives, the media, and the general public. Candidates will also have opportunities to develop other research interests and opportunities to teach.  ISER faculty have research-heavy workloads and typically teach up to one class per semester.

The salary range for this position is $87,600 - $130K depending on experience.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in economics, agricultural economics, or a closely related field. Ph.D. candidates with expected degree completion by August 2022 will be considered. Candidates must have training, experience, and interest in regional economics and state fiscal policy/public finance. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong empirical research skills, including expertise in data acquisition and management, generation and testing of hypotheses, applied statistical methods and quantitative model building, as well as the ability to design empirical investigations to evaluate public policies and programs. The successful candidate must also demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, teaching ability, the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, and the ability to develop research proposals and to successfully lead and complete research projects.

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

The position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on December 20, 2021.  Applications must be submitted online at the Careers at UA website. Careers at UA

Application Procedure

Candidates must submit:

  1. A cover letter addressing:
    1. General educational background and experience.
    2. Interest in, and qualifications for, conducting research using economics to address regional economic and policy issues relevant to Alaska.
    3. Experience in public outreach relating to state economies and fiscal policy.
    4. Any other relevant training and experience.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. A writing sample demonstrating the ability to conduct rigorous economic research and to effectively communicate results.
  4. A graduate school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial review but final transcripts must be provided before a final offer is made).
  5. Diversity Statement (for your reference, the UAA Diversity Statement can be found here
  6. Teaching Statement (including teaching evaluations or evidence of teaching effectiveness, if available).
  7. Names and contact information for three professional references.

Applicants must also arrange for three signed letters of recommendation to be uploaded through the Job Openings for Economists website ( At least one letter of reference must attest to completion of PhD prior to August 2022.

For more information about this position, how to apply, or working at ISER, contact Professor Matthew Berman, at, 907-786-5426.

The College:

Tenure-track economics faculty at ISER typically teach within the Economics Department in the UAA College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP). The College offers both BBA and BA degrees in economics. Economics Department faculty have interests and expertise in the areas of experimental, behavioral, environmental, natural resource, regional, public, and development economics; the Economics Department is currently rated in the top 10% of all experimental economics institutions globally.  CBPP recently began a Master of Public Policy degree and the successful candidate could also teach in this program.  The MPP program seeks to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be a policy analyst, researcher, or leader for a broad array of public, non-profit, academic and tribal positions in Alaska and across the North.

The University:

UAA is the largest of three universities in the University of Alaska system, serving nearly 13,500 students, with the main campus located in Anchorage, which is set between the snow-capped peaks of the Chugach Mountains and the ocean waters of Cook Inlet. Warmed by a maritime climate, the city of Anchorage offers year-round outdoor recreational activities, including hundreds of miles of bike and ski trails, and ready access to national forests and parks.  With a culturally diverse population of about 300,000, Anchorage offers a lively intellectual and cultural life, including opera, symphony, theater and other arts events, and varied restaurants and local craft breweries.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.


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